by Mike Slodki
ROCHELLE—Call ‘em champs.
With 90 team points, Kaneland pulled off the sectional three-peat. Sterling was second, tied with Burlington Central at 78 points.
Knights boys track began the State bus with the 4×800 meter relay unit as it placed fourth with a time of 8 minutes, 8.72 seconds.
Kaneland managed an event title in the 4x100m relay with a time of 42.76.
Taylor Andrews looks to finish his KHS tenure on a skyrocketing trajectory with a 14.35 championship in the 110m high hurdles, edging rival Tre Llanes of Burlington Central by .43 seconds.
With a 1:31.11 in the 4x200m relay, Kaneland finished fourth and qualified for Charleston, Ill.
“It’s been a focus from the beginning,” KHS coach Eric Baron said. “The program is at a point where we believe we can be successful year in and year out.”
400m dash qualifying glory went to Tommy Whittaker, whose 50.15 time was good for third in the finals.
Freshman Knight Dylan Nauert is going to EIU after qualifying in the 300m hurdles by .01 seconds (40.43, third place).
“I just ran scared,” Nauert said. “I just tried my best and wanted to qualify. I needed to be quicker and work on my steps, and I hopefully make it to Saturday.”
Standout Trevor Holm goes in the 1600m run after finishing third with a time of 4:26.19, and is involed in the 4x800m relay.
“For relays, I go into it not wanting to let my team down,” Holm said. “My mind’s a little different than an individual event for that one.”
KHS finished first in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:20.96.
Knight Kory Harner, with a pole vault of 13 feet, 3 inches, met the qualifying mark in that event.
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